What is your life’s purpose? Do you know? The very definition of purpose is; the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists. What were you created to do?
Many of us go through life without a definite answer to those questions. Some do not care and are happy with their life the way it is, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. But there are some of us who, while sitting at our job or at school, in front of our computer, know that there is so much more to life and our purpose for being here. Like Thomas Anderson sitting at his desk staring into nothing only to be snapped awake by a phone call from Morpheus in The Matrix.
While working toward building our careers, which in many cases we were pushed to choose in high school in a career planning class or were nudged in a direction by parents with the best intentions, we trudged along working toward these goals to ensure a paycheck to pay the bills. But a few of us have been lucky enough, perhaps later in life, to receive that internal phone call that illuminates us with thought provoking conversations within . How did I get stuck here? This is not what I am supposed to be doing with my life. We begin to remember what it was we enjoyed our entire lives. That thing that brought us joy. That thing at the very center of your being that knows its purpose.
It is something we have known all along but were discouraged by being told we would not make a decent living or some other mental roadblock. My life’s intent has always been writing. I learned to read very young and began to write stories and poems. Throughout many career changes my one constant has been to write. Whether it was poems, songs, journaling or stories, that was where I found my peace and joy. Lately many people are discovering their true purpose and beginning to follow their heart instead of their head. What ignited them to discover and follow their purpose?
Through speaking with others who are following their calling, I have learned they were incredibly unhappy in their jobs. Not because of a lack of success but a lack of a reason for what they were doing. They realised they were only there to to help build someone else’s dream and not their own. They felt hollow and were becoming mindless drones in a 4 x 6 “cell”. “I am not supposed to be here, doing this!” It is at this point the questions start and once that light bulb turns on, that is the beginning of a new beginning with no looking back, not the end as many would have us believe. Here are some steps to help you find the your life’s purpose…
Stop and Listen
Life has a way of becoming so busy that we do not schedule time to be alone. Take time for yourself and just listen to your inner voice. Be still so that you can hear.
Write Down Your Core Interests
Think back to when you were a child. What was it that you loved to do? Maybe you enjoyed building things, pretending to be an officer, singing songs, helping or making people laugh to name a few. I am most certain that reflecting on the joyful memories of your childhood is where you will uncover your life’s intention.
Follow Your Instincts
Learn to trust your intuition. That gut feeling is a gift from the Universe. Pay attention. It will not steer your wrong.
Get Out There and Make It Happen
Once you find your purpose, do something everyday to help fulfil it and become successful. Find companies or people looking for your purpose. Put yourself out there. Many naysayers and unbelievers will try to dishearten your efforts but as long as you know your talents, they won’t matter. Remind them of this Chinese Proverb, “The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it”
While your purpose is yours alone you will find that when you are in that vibration of your joy it tends to reverberate and flow to others. We are all creators and have each been given certain talents to create a happy life for each other here. Once you find it, share it.
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